Our Online Courses in Primary Care Behavioral Health

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 What is Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH)?

Primary Care Behavioral Health is the practice of mental health and counseling skills translated to the needs, culture, and pace of primary care practices.  Psychologists and social workers are typically trained to be specialists, honing in on one particular aspect of mental health practice and mostly focusing on patients with serious psychological issues.  Primary care teams provide longitudinal care for patient populations presenting the broadest array of physical symptoms and behavioral issues.  Behavioral health practitioners working in primary care settings need to adapt skills and knowledge to face-paced care for complex patients.  To be able to succeed requires more training, not less.  

Most clinical psychologists, therapists, and social workers are trained to be specialists.  A transitional experience is needed to give trained mental health professionals the substantive orientation they need to become successful behavioral health practitioners in primary care.

How are our online PCBH courses taught?

Our Primary Care Behavioral Health online courses are pre-recorded content collaboratively taught by a faculty of primary care behavioral health clinicians and primary care physicians from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  The curriculum is designed by Alexander Blount, EdD the Center's founding director and a pioneer in the field of behavioral health integration.     

What options for training do we offer?

We recognize that participants come to us with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Some will have been working in fully functioning Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH); others may be new to working as part of a primary care team.  To meet broad needs, we offer Short Courses organized by topic as well as a full Certificate Program that is a comprehensive training in Primary Care Behavioral Health. Though most of the courses are designed for behavioral health professionals, the initial e-learning modules provide a rigorous orientation to Integrated Primary Care that can be helpful for physicians, integration team leaders and administrators. 

We hope you will explore our PCBH programs.